Mike Shanahan thinks that the Redskins have come a long way since he took over as head coach. However, we are not seeing the results on the field yet because the team started from a deep hole.
The Redskins are 14-27 since Shanahan came in before the 2010 season with full control over player personnel. When asked why we see many NFL teams that are able to bring in a new coach and make the playoffs in a year or two while the Redskins have not been even in playoff contention in the second half of Shanahan’s three seasons.
“We were an older football team and we didn’t have a lot of draft choices,” said Shanahan. “When you don’t have a lot of players, when you don’t have depth through the draft and you cut all of those old players that mean’s you’re starting over again.”
Shanahan said that the Redskins released players with combined contracts worth “well over $100 million”. He noted that none of the players they released were picked up by other teams.
“That means you’ve gotten a little bit old,” he said.
“We started over again. Offense, defense. You take a look at the offense, there’s not one player who was here two years ago.”
Shanahan believes that the team is headed in the right direction and they are doing it the right way. “We’ve tried to do it through the draft and free agency, get a lot younger, get the right players and I see some tremendous strides.”
The Redskins were the oldest team in the league in 2009.